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 National Donate Life Month an ideal time to become organ donor

Image 5Since April marks National Donate Life Month, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) wants to remind motorists how easily they can help another person live a fuller, longer life by registering online as an organ donor.

“Potential donors considering adding the organ donor designation to their driver’s license or identification card do not have to wait for their renewal notices to take action,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said in a news release.  “There are steps that you can take today to become an organ donor and potentially save a life.”

To add the organ donor designation to an existing driver’s license or identification card, visit www.dmv.state.pa.us and select the “Donate Life Pennsylvania” icon at the bottom of the page. Once the designation is added, individuals will receive a designation card that they will have to carry with them to affirm organ donor status until they renew or replace their driver’s license or identification card. There is no charge for adding the designation.

Nearly 46 percent of driver’s license and identification card holders are registered organ donors – that’s more than 4.4 million Pennsylvanians. More than 8,300 Pennsylvanians currently await organ transplants, the release said.

More information on organ and tissue donation in Pennsylvania can be found at www.donatelife-pa.org.

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